What is HEAP?

Heap - Home Energy Assistance Program

HEAP is a Home Energy Assistance Program, which was designed for low-income families.  Heap is very similar to the Federal Social Services Program called LIHEAP, called Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program and was established in 1981.  Both HEAP and LIHEAP are programs funded through Congressional Appropriations, which allow Low-Income Homes to be able to afford the energy used to both heat and cool their houses.


HEAP can be broken down into Three Parts?

  • Regular Heap – This is available to all households who are eligible based on their income bracket. Click on the link below for information on Regular Heap. https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#regular-benefit
  • Emergency Heap – This plan can be added to their Regular Heap Plan, just need help in preventing a shutdown, and/or restore heat from a shutdown. Click on the following link for information on Emergency Heap. https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#emergency-benefit
  • Repair and Replacement Heap – This package is used if your low-income home needs to replace your furnace or boiler. We all know that servicing these units can be very costly and some low-income houses cannot afford to repair and/or replace these units. Click on the following link for information on Reapir and Replacement Heap. https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#repair-benefit

Energy accepted by HEAP to heat your low-income Home

  • Natural Gas
  • Oil
  • Electricity
  • Propane
  • Kerosene
  • Coal
  • Wood/Wood Pellets
  • Corn

Am I eligible for HEAP?

Since HEAP is a Social Services Program, it is required of the low-income home occupier, whom is looking for any assistance paying their heating bills to be able to visit their local Social Services in their county, by clicking the link here. https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/ Once they have made contact with their local Social Services, they will be asked to bring all necessary information with them to help you qualify for the HEAP program.  Low-Income Home occupiers, whom are looking to be able to be eligible for HEAP may need to prove a copy of their expenses/bills like but not limited to; Rent/mortgage, taxes, medical expenses, and etc.

Please keep in mind Allyn Oil works with HEAP in order to assist you in keeping your house heated during the Winter Months.  Please note, that any issue(s) with HEAP, must be directed to your Local Social Services department and users of the program may have to re-apply every season.

Can HEAP be used to cool my house in the Summer Time?

Yes, on May 1st, 2019,   Heap was able to add the assistance benefit for Cooling your House